Zulum, Buni pledge support for Tinubu as APC leader meets delegates
For Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State, and his Borno counterpart, Babagana Zulum, former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, stands a better chance than other presidential aspirants to win the 2023 general election.
According to a statement signed by Tope Ajayi from Tinubu’s Media Office in Abuja, the two governors spoke separately when the All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader visited their states to dialogue with APC delegates during the presidential primaries held in Abuja in a few days.
Buni told Tinubu: “The history of democratic struggle in Nigeria cannot be complete without a mention of your tremendous work, from the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) days to being the last man standing and preventing our nation from being a one-party state.
“For us in Yobe, this is a homecoming. You are here to interface with your brothers and sisters, our delegates. Yobe is your home and you are home.”
There, Tinubu emphasised the importance of the state in Nigeria’s agricultural revolution. “On arriving here, we flew over a large expanse of land with agricultural potential. It made me happy as I know we can and will transform Yobe. We will make it a productive state, employ mechanised irrigation, and process sorghum and cotton for local consumption and export.”
On insecurity in the North East, he said: “I view the issue of insecurity with utmost seriousness and will give it the highest priority in my administration. Our military, police force and security agencies are committed and capable.”
In Maiduguri, Tinubu reaffirmed his commitment to overhauling major sectors of the country towards stabilising the economy, creating job opportunities, ensuring security and upgrading infrastructure, among others.
Former governor of Borno, Kashim Shettima, described the aspirant as a king, who has made many kings and a candidate best suited to govern Nigeria.
Emphasising that Tinubu’s role as a nation-builder began far before he led the alliance that culminated in the formation of APC in 2014, Governor Zulum reiterated his support and that of Borno delegates for his emergence as president and prayed to God to grant him success.
The APC leader also visited the Emir of Damaturu, Hashimi II El-Kanemi, and Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Kanemi.
The Shehu cut short his travel out of Maiduguri to receive Tinubu.
The two royal fathers also prayed for Tinubu’s success in his quest for the presidency.